Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Working Girl Reads Tabloid Love

Summer has begun and I couldn't be more excited to be lazy on the beach and read chick lit while tanning (or in my case, adding more freckles to my already freckle-infested skin). My recommendation for a must-have, perfect-for-the-beach summer read is Tabloid Love by Bridget Harrison. This memoir combines all my favorite Working Girl things: office romance, gossip, and journalists. Have I mentioned I want to be a journalist? Well, surprise, I do!

Harrison writes about being a thirty-something woman in London who is fervently chasing her dream to be a great journalist. As all her friends are starting to settle down and get married, Harrison and her boyfriend slight and she decides to apply for a four-month exchange program, which allows her to leave her job at the London Times and work for the New York Post. Harrison ends up loving her job (and her cute boss) so much that she stayed at the job for five years and even landed her own column on dating in the city.

The rest of the story is about her trials and tribulations of dating in New York (and the Hamptons). Harrison's true tales of trying to find "The One" in the jungle of the dating world are zippy and funny - she races for murder scenese to interviews with matchmakers in a typical day - making the read not only entertaining, but funny. I found myself chuckling out loud at points (which is embarassing when you are laying on a sandy dune next to a incredibly hot lifeguard dubbed Mr. "Save Me, Save Me" by your friends). Overall, you find yourself rooting for Bridget the entire way through - especially when she falls hard for her editor and she has to write about their relationship in her dating column.

Bridget is a real-life Carrie Bradshaw without all the over-the-top glam outfits (she gets hand-me-downs from her best friend who works for Page Six) and backdrops that cost a pretty penny (Harrison loves dive bars).
Bridget Harrison is a real Working Girl with all the bumps in the road that come along with that title. I not only love her cheeky writing, but also admire her for putting it all on the table - speed dating and all.

12 comments:

The Chronicles of a Fashionista in PDX said...

Ah, this almost reminds me of Girls' Poker Night by Jill A. Davis! I'll have to queue it on my wish list on Amazon :)

Lauren said...

Huh--that sounds really interesting! I'll have to check it out.

heidi said...

o.O I have that book, still have yet to read it but I'll have to put it up further on my list (my to-read list is so long...) :)

Paula said...

I'm not usually into true stories but this sounds pretty good. I may have to look into getting a copy, thanks for the tip.

the glitter kid said...

I'm always looking for books to read and it sounds like I'd really enjoy this one! Thanks for the recommendation!

Bayjb said...

Oh I might have to add this to my summer read list.

phoebe said...

i'm always looking for a good book to read on the work commute. thanks for the suggestion!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Oh my word...looks fabulous darhling! ;-)

wontletlifedefineme said...

Sounds interesting. I'll definitely keep the title in mind for when I go book shopping again.

-Marjolein

JulyBug said...

oooh, I love a good recommendation.

Alexandreena said...

I read this a few weeks ago and loved it!
It also made me realize how alike some men are as, at least a few times, I realized I had been dating that man! Of course, it wasn't that man, but one very much like him.
I guess dating in the city is dating in the city, independent of which city it is, no? :)

Lose That Girl said...

I'm really enjoying your website and wish that I found it earlier today *before* my visit to the bookstore at lunch. London - love it, journalist story - love it...the ideal book. I'll have to get it next time, definitely!